Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Study the structure and function of components of living cells, to understand the biological processes that enable all living things to survive and thrive.

The structure of complex biomolecules, particularly proteins, is closely linked to their role in the cell, so solving structures can provide valuable information about normal processes and how they change to cause disease. The understanding of how DNA and proteins interact has led to benefits ranging from more effective treatments for cancer to improved agricultural practices.

By completing this major, you will study broad biological processes as well as more specialised topics drawn from structural biology, molecular cell biology, molecular parisitiology and cancer. You will learn how to uncover the molecular processes of life and how this knowledge can be applied in medical science and biotechnology.

  • Career Options

    You can use your knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology to pursue employment in basic, medical and pharmaceutical research, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, agriculture, teaching, patent law, the environment, and food processing industries. You can also work on the development, production and marketing of biochemical consumables and equipment, or on policy making in government departments.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.

    Honours
    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Biochemistry and Molcular Biology Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST10011
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
UNIB10006
Critical Thinking with Data
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
MAST10016
Mathematics for Biomedicine
PHYC10007
Physics for Biomedicine
EDUC10059
Performance, Potential & Development
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
BCMB20005
Techniques in Molecular Science
POPH20001
Genetics, Health & Society
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
BCMB20003
Molecular Analysis of Cell Function
UNIB20013
Body, Mind & Medicine: A Dissection
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
BCMB30002
Functional Genomics & Bioinformatics
BCMB30010
Advanced Techniques in Molecular Science
MULT30014
Leading Change in a Complex World
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
BCMB30001
Protein Structure & Function
BCMB30004
Cell Signalling & Neurochemistry
EDUC30071
Knowledge &  Learning in Professions

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.

Key/Legend

  Course  Core Subjects   Major Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major Handbook page